We’ve got a handle on how to style, moisturize, co-wash, deep
condition, twist out, braid out, big chop and transition our hair.
Great. While everyone has spent the last few years becoming experts on
their hair (and everyone else’s for that matter), one topic that is not
being widely addressed across the blogosphere is how directly related
the health of our hair is actually related to our overall health.
Sometimes it’s not just about getting the best shea butter product on
the market or experimenting in the kitchen with beauty food. Our deepest
hair issues and concerns can often lie primarily in what is going on
internally. Before we begin dressing up our hair concerns with product
and remedies here are a few health-related hair issues that may require a
call to our doctor:
Hair Loss and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome– I shared my PCOS story
with you all when I first began writing this blog. This hormonal
disorder affects more than five million women nationally affecting
fertility, weight and hair growth. Women with PCOS typically produce
unusually high levels of androgens (male hormones) which can cause a
condition called androgenetic alopecia.
This typically causes hair at the scalp to become thin and fall out.
There are a variety of treatments for this type of hair loss involving
birth control pills, medicines and even growth stimulants but it’s best
that you speak with your doctor about what treatments are best for you. See also 9 causes of hair loss in women.
Dry Hair and Underactive Thyroid – Sometimes having
even the best moisturizing hair care system in place just doesn’t cut
it. When our thyroid gland does not produce enough produce enough of the
thyroid hormone (also known as hypothyroidism),
among a host of health-related issues, our hair, skin and nails can
become dry, brittle and weak. Even our eyebrows can start to thin. It’s
important that you check in with your doctor to find out if your dry
hair issues are attributed to hypothyroidism. See also 13 ways you can treat it naturally.
Hair That Won’t Grow and Malnutrition
– Our hair needs plenty of healthy vitamins and minerals to grow and
stay healthy including lots of proteins, omega-3s, zinc and vitamin A.
When our bodies are lacking in these important nutrients it can cause
our hair’s growth to be stunted and even fall out. Malnutrition isn’t
anything to play with especially when a main cause could be an eating
disorder. It may be beneficial to meet with a dietitian or holistic
nutritionist to determine what you may be lacking in your diet and how a
meal plan may help you regain control over your hair’s health.
Dorsey is an eco-glamour expert, writer, speaker, social entrepreneur
and creator of the blog OrganicBeautyVixen.com – “A Brown Girl’s
Guide to Eco-Glam Living”. Sherrell believes that going green with
your beauty routine doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fierce and
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